Decent snorkeling can be found at various spots off this beach. The water here is generally calm, but the majority of the coastline is rocky.
3 star rating for Balfour Town Beach by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
Waves breaking on the beach north of Deane's Dock.
Salt Cay’s main settlement of
Balfour Town, the aptly-named Balfour Town Beach offers sheltered stretches of sand interspersed between low rocky outcroppings.
Access to this beach is convenient from many of the island’s
accommodations. The two best sections of beach are found either 1100 feet (334m) north of
Deane's Dock, or next to the Mary Robinson Primary School.
Most of the villas on Salt Cay are located on this beach.
Due to being located on the west side of the Salt Cay in the wind shadow of
Little Bluff Lookout and many buildings, the constant eastern
trade winds have little effect on this coast. Surface conditions are calm, and clarity underwater is often great.
As nearly all sand in the country is of
coral and shell origin, Balfour Town Beach’s location near the subterranean reef wall results in larger grain structure sand than is what’s found at many other coasts. You’ll typically be able to recognize grains as parts of a former sea shell. It may not initially appear so, but this type of sand is particularly fluffy and soft.
There are no actual vibrant and expansive reefs nearby, yet
snorkeling is nevertheless interesting. Old coral shelves and gullies support colorful reef fish, and sea fans add a bit of contrast.
The area between Deane’s Dock and Little Bluff Lookout offers a good balance between accessibility and sea life.
Balfour Town Beach does not have any “official” access. However, there are no restrictions and plenty of opportunities to get to the beach at nearly any point on the coast. As is the case on every island and cay in the county, all beaches are public up to the high tide point, and there are no entrance fees.